New Cal study finds Washington nickname much more offensive than previous surveys suggested

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Ron Rivera may not be sending a check the next time his alma mater asks him for a donation.

A new UC Berkeley study has found that the nickname used by the Washington NFL franchise is much more offensive to Native Americans that prior surveys have suggested.

“Contrary to polls showing that relatively few Native Americans take offense at the Washington Redskins’ name, a new UC Berkeley study has found that at least half of more than 1,000 Native Americans surveyed are offended by the football team’s 87-year-old moniker and Native mascots in general,” writes Yasmin Anwar of the Berkeley News.

The study, which will be published this month in the Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science, shows that the degree to which respondents identify as Native American influences the extent to which they find the term offensive. Specifically, the study found that 57 percent of those who “strongly identify with being Native American” and 67 percent of those “who frequently engage in tribal cultural practices” are “deeply insulted by caricatures of Native American culture.”

This finding contradicts multiple Washington Post polls that downplay the extent to which Native Americans are offended by the Washington team nickname. In 2016, a Post poll declared that 90 percent of Native Americans are not bothered by the name. Team owner Daniel Snyder announced at the time that he was “gratified by this overwhelming support from the Native American community.” Despite plenty of criticism of the poll, the huge number, along with national political trends that came to a head later that year, seemed to place the debate in mothballs, even though the term continues to be recognized as a dictionary-defined slur.

A 2019 poll from the Post, a publication owned since 2013 by potentially aspiring NFL team owner Jeff Bezos, declared that a poll of 500 self-identifying Native Americans regarding the term resulted in the most common reaction being described as “proud.” Curiously, the full results of the poll — including the number who said “proud” versus other terms like “indifferent,” “annoyed,” “content,” “satisfied,” and “disappointed” — were not published by the Post.

The Change the Mascot effort, supported by the Oneida Indian Nation and the National Congress of American Indians, has responded to the UC Berkeley study by renewing its call for the NFL and Snyder to change the name of the team.

“Having long called attention to the deeply offensive use and lasting psychological impacts stemming from the NFL’s use of a dictionary-defined slur for Native Americans, we are now urging the Washington team and NFL officials to take our collective voices seriously and finally change the mascot,” Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter, who runs the Change the Mascot campaign, said in a statement. “Native Americans from across the country have been calling for the eradication of the racist and hurtful R-word epithet. And while we are pleased to see prestigious universities devote their attention to the issue, it should not require academic studies to validate appeals by people of color for decency and respect.”

I stopped using the term several years ago out of respect for those Native Americans who are offended by the term, no matter the precise number. (I have not issued a mandate to all PFT writers to follow suit; they can decide on their own whether to use the term, which continues to be the officially acknowledged name of an NFL franchise.) And here’s the fundamental question the NFL and Snyder must continue to ask themselves is this: What number of genuinely offended Native Americans is acceptable?

Yes, this post will trigger comments about political correctness run amok and it will spark a parade of horribles regarding potential franchise name changes for teams like the Giants (because it potentially offends large people) and the Saints (because it potentially offends sinners). The reality, no matter how many fans of the team get angry at me for declining to use the term, is this: Only one NFL team has a name that is recognized as a racial slur. And, inexplicably, the NFL is fine with that.

At some point in the hopefully-not-too-distant future, history will regard this dynamic with the same incredulity that it regards other examples of blatantly racist conduct that, through the passage and time and thanks to right-minded men and women of goodwill, was eventually regarded as wrong and, in turn, abandoned.

136 responses to “New Cal study finds Washington nickname much more offensive than previous surveys suggested

  1. “Overall, 49% of participants in the UC Berkeley study were found to strongly agree or agree that the Washington Redskins’ name is offensive, while 38% were not bothered by it. The remainder were undecided or indifferent.”

    That’s not a good result, but it also isn’t technically “at least half”

  2. And what would you expect a survey from UC Berkley to reveal? That less people find the name offensive? Please.

  3. You mean the 90% of unverified respondents who claimed some vague native ancestry in a poll designed to help their team keep their racist moniker might not be legit? Shocker.

  4. Good points Florio, but I think other professional sports franchises shoukd be included. How can you justify that the Redskins should change but not the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves and Cleveland Indians? Those may not be slurs but still seem to meet your definition of being insensitive.

  5. Well of course. Look where the survey comes from. They have nothing better to do than garbage like this. Get a life!!!

  6. All references to Indians, Chiefs, Tribes, Nations or native Americans should be eliminated from all sports. These people/groups should not be honored by any sports team. What have they done to deserve such an honor? It also has the added benefit of silencing the SJWs of the world by giving them what they want and THAT will drive them CRAZY. Well, crazier anyway.

  7. Snyder is the torch bearer for everything wrong about the NFL. An ego maniac out of touch with the fanbase. Soon they will be putting up cardboard cutouts of fans in seats bc the “Yes Men” he’s surrounded himself with don’t want the tyrant too upset. Keep playing your fiddle Snyder while FedEx field sits empty.

  8. Biased fake poll. From a biased source. Who only wants the poll to align with their ideas. Just as they try to ban republicans from their campus. They cant be trusted with reliable information.

  9. Who exactly is hurt by changing the name? Think of all the merchandise sales an owner could rake in by changing the name of the team.

  10. My grandfather was Cherokee……….which makes my dad 1/2 Cherokee and that makes me 1/4 Cherokee. We proudly celebrate our Native American heritage. Redskins does not offend me or my Dad at all (granddad has passed). There are many things that offend the Native American community, this doesn’t make the list. I’m sorry Mike, it just doesn’t. Wanna know what offends me and my family? People being “offended” by the word Redskins when there are very real issues that should offend the Native American community and others, but don’t seem to. Go to a reservation and see the problems that exist and are growing, them tell me how the name of a sports team offends you.

    As far as the poll goes, it was UC Berkley, so of course that was the result.

  11. A UC Berkeley poll? There’s no way that can be manipulated to fit a narrative (major eye roll). Does anyone know who called Native Americans Redskins? The Native war Chiefs did when writing letters to American generals. That’s how the letters were translated. They didn’t call themselves Indians or Native Americans. They called themselves Redskins. They called white people “whiteskins” and black people “blackskins”. Fact!

  12. They are not offended by the name. They are more offended by the product the team puts on the field every week. I can see how that would be confusing though.

  13. Since California knows best, they should succeed from the Union and form their own progressive-socialist country. Then they can tax all their rich, let in all the illegal immigrants, give everyone a safe space, and provide everyone “free college.”

    Of course, then all their hardworking, productive citizens would leave in droves.

  14. Change the name to the Pale-Faces and I would immediately become a life time fan. As a white guy, I’d love the extra press!

  15. Those who call themselves “native American” are not American and no humans were native here. That means those who pride themselves in being first merely were the first to claim land that was never theirs as theirs and then have the audacity to whine when someone took the land that was never theirs. Deal with it.

  16. The way the Deadskins play the team should change its name to the Washington Generals. Playing them is like a having a bye. Stay Classy DC.

  17. I figured most would be on the extreme left or right of this argument, but here it is a nutshell…Think of a term for your race that is offensive to you, and that it would cause a fight if a person from another race used it when talking about your parents or children. Then a team decided to use it to make money. The “Fighting Irish” doesn’t count…Let say it was the Notre Dame “Ignorant Drunk Irish Fairies”…Would that be offensive?

  18. My grandfather was Cherokee……….which makes my dad 1/2 Cherokee and that makes me 1/4 Cherokee. We proudly celebrate our Native American heritage. Redskins does not offend me or my Dad at all (granddad has passed). There are many things that offend the Native American community, this doesn’t make the list. I’m sorry Mike, it just doesn’t. Wanna know what offends me and my family? People being “offended” by the word Redskins when there are very real issues that should offend the Native American community and others, but don’t seem to. Go to a reservation and see the problems that exist and are growing, them tell me how the name of a sports team offends you.
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    Once I made a wrong turn on the way to see the South Dakota badlands and ended up on an indian reservation. The poverty there was extreme and obvious. Ravens07 is one to listen to.

  19. Consider the source. Thumb on the scale, etc.
    Of course, a study like that is a real waste of time because of the word ‘identify’. Elizabeth Warren and her possible 1/1024 Native ancestry ‘identifies’ as native American, but isn’t. Either you are a Native American, or you aren’t. Lots of people pretend to be things they aren’t, and almost all of them are leftists.
    Why don’t you spend tuition dollars on a more efficient solar panel study-sans heavy metals? A more efficient turbine to power hydro electric plants? Something useful.

  20. Why is California studying Washington?? Both places have enough problems of their own so they shouldn’t be sticking their noses in other peoples business…

  21. If polls painted an accurate picture, the House would be voting against Hillary’s impeachment about now.

  22. Del Lynch says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    Fighting Irish

    ————

    Not derogatory at all.

    Love all the people saying “UC Berkley, of course it says it’s derogatory” “I find Cal Berkley offensive”. Let me guess, you want this survey to go through Breitbart?

    Yes, Redskins is offensive to Native Americans.

  23. I am 100% on board wiping out the team’s name as long as the use of “cracker” is considered a racial slur as well. Also, the slang term that ends with an “a” for an African-american needs to be considered offensive and wiped as well.

    I am not complaining about PC run amok, I just want the rules to be consistently applied to everyone all the time.

  24. Lol. Oh stop. Give it a rest already. I do hope. This era we live in, where so many claim to be so outraged and offended by this, that or this, comes to an end soon.

  25. Oh come on.

    Replace Red with Black and show a picture of an African American and tell me it’s not racist.

  26. Nothing to see here folks. Let’s move along. Many many poles have been done by. More reputable organizations with way more than just a thousand people. 97% of all Native Americans on the Washington Post poll said, they love the name and are proud of it. Why don’t we start talking about the tomahawk chop done by 70,000 rabid fans at the Chiefs game read those poles way more offensive to Native Americans than a name. So sick and tired of politically, correct sissies feigning that they have a problem with the name just to advance their own standing.

  27. trixie62 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:08 pm
    So, should Kansas City also be looking for a new name? Should the tomahawk chop be banned?

    _____________________________________________________________

    Trust me, 80,000 screaming chief fans at Aarowhead doing the chop do not care one bit about some snowflakes feelings.

  28. lesepi says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    Those who call themselves “native American” are not American and no humans were native here. That means those who pride themselves in being first merely were the first to claim land that was never theirs as theirs and then have the audacity to whine when someone took the land that was never theirs. Deal with it.
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    Wow. So in your mind there are no native Americans, no native Europeans, No native Asians – we are all native Africans because that is where the human race started? And ‘Lucy’ merely claimed land that was never deeded to her so everyone everywhere is justified in taking anybody’s land? Outrageous.

  29. Most of the comments above reflect this coming election year — 2020…. A lot of thrumpers are already talking loud & (of course) saying nothing. — I’ve known many Native Americans in my life… I’ve never known one to appreciate the nickname of the Washington franchise.

  30. Are these the same kids who were YouTubed and asked about quotes that were negative, and as they blamed trump, they were told on camera that it was all quoted from
    dems running for president in 2020?

    Are these the same kids running these polls?
    And yeah, cal Berkeley isn’t biased at all .

  31. After Trump and all his insults about generally everything in his twitter posts I think a majority of people here don’t give a crap about name calling. After all he is basically orangeskin.

  32. Why don’t we start talking about the tomahawk chop done by 70,000 rabid fans at the Chiefs game ……being offensive.
    ————
    Exactly, that’s extremely offensive!!!! In fact it’s racist!!!

  33. I would actually like to see this poll when published and look at the raw data, because what was reported above is misleading at best.

    If all this poll shows is that Native Americans are “deeply insulted by caricatures of Native American culture” then that has nothing to do with the Washington Redskins name. Will be interesting to see the actual data.

  34. I’ve been waiting for them to go after Washington again, after hearing about the Chiefs Super Bowl thing. I won’t say the name either is, nor isn’t, offensive… but when you start giving in to complaints there’s no end to it. A large organization, such as the NFL, needs to put it’s foot down and say “No.”.

  35. Oklahoma means “red people”.

    What number of genuinely offended Washington Redskin fans acceptable?

  36. If some company worth almost a billion dollars wanted to name their team after my nationality or race I’d be pumped. But they haven’t, and they wont. So I wouldn’t know how that race feels. Not sure what name to use, dont want to be insensitive.

    SKOL

  37. Why are people comparing this to fighting Irish? Not even close to being the same. There are teams like the Braves or chiefs that aren’t offensive, but redskin is different. It was a derogatory term. Would caucasians be ok with a team moniker like the Oklahoma rednecks?

  38. I’m much more offended by the name the ‘ Cowboys ‘ .
    Were they not the arch nemesis of the Redskins?
    After all, it was their migration west that in large part
    helped wipe out 90% Native American peoples, wrongly
    squatted and appropriated their lands, and did great harm
    to the natural environment.

    They killed most everything in sight, including each other and
    not to mention the wildlife – even horses; and I love horses.
    Even the State they play in, was ill gotten land from another vile
    Imperial Empire. Why must we celebrate such atrocious behavior?

    The Cowboys should be forced to change their offensive name and leave
    that era in the past. I recommend they be renamed , the ChickenHawks.

  39. And let me guess, most of the people on here know a native American that isn’t offended by redskin, so therefore it makes it ok.

  40. Until they ask American Indians, specifically, no survey will be worth anything. Just so you understand, all people born in the USA are native Americans. It is both ignorant and insulting to limit such a designation to Am. Indians.

  41. The term native is offensive. the term native is used to describe americans. nobody wants to come here anymore as it’s too crowded.

  42. Seriously – this is a question?

    If they had the same logo and called themselves the Washington Warriors, for example, that’s not racist.

    But redskins?

    As someone else asked, would Blackskin not be racist? Maybe with a blackface logo?

    Many on here sound stupid. Please stop.

  43. You know, you can actually use the name, especially when it’s a story about the name. Good lord, why is everyone in this country such a sensitive Sally these days. It’s. Just. A. Word. It literally cannot hurt you.

  44. tb12bestqbevah says:
    February 4, 2020 at 6:13 pm
    You know, you can actually use the name, especially when it’s a story about the name. Good lord, why is everyone in this country such a sensitive Sally these days. It’s. Just. A. Word. It literally cannot hurt you.
    =====

    Says a guy from the fan base who goes into seizures when it’s correctly pointed out that the Patriots and Brady have been caught cheating multiple times.

    LOL

    Pot meet kettle

  45. 90 percent of the people that comment about UC Berkeley wouldn’t have the grades to get into UC Berkeley.

  46. I hope they are offended at the Redskins just as much as the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida State Seminoles, Edmonton Eskimos, and Cleveland Indians. Maybe had they spent more time working to improve advanced civilization rather than tear it down and fight amongst themselves, they would be the ones running the nation.

  47. bob3339 says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:28 pm
    Del Lynch says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    Fighting Irish

    ————

    Not derogatory at all.

    Love all the people saying “UC Berkley, of course it says it’s derogatory” “I find Cal Berkley offensive”. Let me guess, you want this survey to go through Breitbart?

    Yes, Redskins is offensive to Native Americans.

    A fighting leprechaun is stereotypical/derogatory to the Irish? Difference is the Irish don’t care.

  48. Boycott Week 7 next year, in honor of Colin Kaepernick’s number, so the NFL understands racist symbols and no black head coaches are unacceptable.

    WEEK 7 BOYCOTT!

  49. How about a study done by the University of Wyoming?

    California is NUTS!!!!!!! What else would you expect from those whackos?

  50. Says a guy from the fan base who goes into seizures when it’s correctly pointed out that the Patriots and Brady have been caught cheating multiple times.
    —————-
    Amazing! Did you find the evidence the NFL admitted in Federal Court they did not have??? Please where was the missing evidence all these years that Brady cheated???? I await your response!

  51. It is apparent that most of you didn’t to to college or either didn’t pay attention or didn’t take a statistics class. Therefore, you don’t have any dreaming clue what a research study is. I will tell you, because I have been to college, took three statistics classes, and paid attention. Let’s skip all that garbage about socialism, and liberal California, and Washington’s business. None of those things is what this study was about. Cal-Berkely, MIT, and the University of Chicago are three of the premier scientific universities in the country. A research study ISN’T determining what the result will be and then making the research it that result. Colleges are bound by a certain protocol that requires that all research studies be accurate, unbiased, and valid. There is someone, or a committee who meet and to over the study to see that he study meets all the requirements. If it doesn’t, it’s either sent back to the author or authorship to correct and present again, of the study is marked as deficient and destroyed.

    Once that is done, the study is then sent to a scholarly publication, usually a journal. It is peer reviewed, meaning that a number of academicians with expertise in the field in which the study analyzes, and any errors found, no matter how trivial, gets the paper sent back to the originating university. Otherwise, it gets published. But that’s just the beginning. Other people in other universities conduct similar studies, trying to replicate it as closely as possible, further validating the original study. Its a long process, taking sometimes more than a year to complete. So next time someone publishes a research study a college, not a newspaper), before you criticize any aspect of it, read it, try to understand the statistics involved, and see how the conclusion was reached. Otherwise, you’re just a gum-flapping fool, displaying your ignorance for all the world to see.

  52. FootballSeasonRules says:
    February 4, 2020 at 6:23 pm
    I hope they are offended at the Redskins just as much as the Kansas City Chiefs, Atlanta Braves, Chicago Blackhawks, Florida State Seminoles, Edmonton Eskimos, and Cleveland Indians.
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    Red herring.

    Washington Warriors, with the same logo, wouldn’t be racist.

    Chiefs isn’t racist.

    Braves isn’t racist.

    Blackhawks, Seminoles, Eskimos, Indians.

    No, no, no, no.

    None of those are names based on skin color.

    Try harder.

  53. Mr. Florio I will give you this, you are a man of integrity. Don’t get me wrong, I disagree with you but at least you have solid reasons and you stick to your beliefs. That in itself deserves a great amount of respect. Though I’m not sure you want to hang your hat on this particular poll. The source is sadly dubious at best.

  54. The Seminole Nation is just fine with FSU using their title….they’re getting paid for the bother. As for Washington, how about the Braves?

  55. Ok then why is the tomahawk chant chief fans do. Go talk to Florida State also. I’m sure as Cowboys fan that offends some Cowboys to. I’m also a Boston Celtics fan but now I’m offended by the leprechaun since I am Irish. I think it’s racist. This country is full of people getting offended and have no Moxy anymore.

  56. So… is UC Berkeley more high-brow than Stanford?

    The reason I ask is that Richard Sherman is
    really really really really really really really really really really

    (inhales, gasping for breath)

    smart

    and HE went to Stanford, you know.

  57. The lenght some of you absolute clowns will go to to defend the racist name is beyond insanity. Ou are either lacking any brain cells or are just willfully ignorant about how offensive the name truly is. Some of you need common sense and even more than that is empathy. Just because you dont mind the name it doesn’t make it any less offensive or derogatory. Its even defined that way yet you morons continue to try and claim it isnt what it seem.

  58. It’s sad that supporters of the WSH name try to discredit the study simply because it was done by Cal. Rather, why don’t you ask yourselves why you think it’s ok that a professional sports team is named this? Would it ever be ok to name a team the yellow skins? Or brown skins? Or black skins?

  59. Why are people dismissing the study because the university is in california? Not only is california the smartest and most forward-thinking state, they almost singlehandedly subsidize poor and uneducated southern and midwestern states through their tax dollars.

  60. “Overall, 49% of participants in the UC Berkeley study were found to strongly agree or agree that the Washington Redskins’ name is offensive, while 38% were not bothered by it. The remainder were undecided or indifferent.”

    That’s not a good result, but it also isn’t technically “at least half”

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    yes but it’s Berkley which means they probably only talked to privilege white kids who have been taught to hate being white and anything white or white owned is offensive. These same kids are the ones that refused to take tests and say the teacher can’t make them take the test cause he needs to know his privilege. Then they probably had to run off to their safe place and cry it out.

    The fact still remains there are Native American schools that use the same moniker. If it’s so offensive why would they do that.

  61. But we can have a half time show where the singers are screaming for “all the latinos” (wasn’t that a little racist). If that wasn’t bad enough we had a crotch grab and dudes pointing at rear ends of women (cougars).

  62. come on it’s a mascot and there are teams on reservations who use the same names. Racism is having quota’s,having months honoring one ethnic race or award shows honoring only those of one race. That’s blatant racism. My ancestors came here three generations ago. My kids, myself, my parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived in America. I consider myself native…

  63. The people who think murdering 1.5 billion babies word-wide since 1980 is fine and dandy think a team name is the big evil to confront. Pathetic.

  64. If you don’t think banning Redskins will lead to bans of Braves, Chiefs, etc., you’re hopelessly naive. And the exact same arguments will be made.

    If you don’t like the name, use free market pressures to change it. Boycott the NFL (and Florio boycotting covering the NFL would be great), or maybe raise money to buy the team then name it anything you want.

  65. “I’m Irish and I find it racist.”
    ============

    Please accept my apologies.
    And remember, Russell Okung will be the next President of the NFLPA so issues like yours will get the attention they deserve.

  66. come on it’s a mascot and there are teams on reservations who use the same names. Racism is having quota’s,having months honoring one ethnic race or award shows honoring only those of one race. That’s blatant racism. My ancestors came here three generations ago. My kids, myself, my parents, grandparents and great grandparents lived in America. I consider myself native…

    ++++++++++++++++

    The racism in this country is alarming. People can’t even recognize it, it’s so woven into the culture.

  67. My wife is Swedish and she cries every time she sees the Vikings insignia. “We are not barbarians!” And that Skol chant makes her run out of the building in humiliation.

  68. Would it ever be ok to name a team the yellow skins? Or brown skins? Or black skins?
    ++++++++++

    Of course it would. But white skins would be a deal-breaker.

  69. @David Muehlhausen so you claim native Americans go around calling each other R-skins and by you’re logic that means they cant be offended?? Wow that is some incredibly faulty logic ya got there. So that means any black person cant be offended if someone uses the n word since they use it with their word own race right?? Again that is insanely stupid,the word is classified in the dictionary as a derogatory/racist word, no examples you use or arguing can change this fact.

  70. Why is it never mentioned where the logo came from? The face on the helmet is an actual person, Chief Two Guns White Calf.
    It was the Blackfoot tribe THAT ASKED THE REDSKINS TO HONOR NATIVE AMERICAN’S by putting the logo on the helmet. The Redskins where using the R at the time.
    Interestingly, Chief White Calf died in Washington D.C in 1903, so there is connection.

  71. Team names like “Giants” doesn’t offend large people, it offends dwarfs. I’m deeply offended even thinking about the enormity of it. I need a shower.

  72. No one here can tell someone not to be offended. Yet here is an entire section of people who seem to think they are the judge of what’s offensive and what isnt. 🤦🏼‍♂️🤔

  73. Insistent virtue signalers harbor guilt and self doubt.

    I should pity you.

    I just don’t.

  74. The lenght some of you absolute clowns will go to to defend the racist name is beyond insanity. Ou are either lacking any brain cells or are just willfully ignorant about how offensive the name truly is. Some of you need common sense and even more than that is empathy. Just because you dont mind the name it doesn’t make it any less offensive or derogatory. Its even defined that way yet you morons continue to try and claim it isnt what it seem.
    ============

    ok, I’m gonna guess here… you aren’t a Stanford grad, are you? But whatever, the “It’s even defined that way” remark really convinced me.

  75. “I stopped using the term several years ago out of respect for those Native Americans who are offended by the term, no matter the precise number.”

    What if people are offended by the name Washington, the slave owner? Just two blank spaces?

  76. As a white guy, if I regularly used the N-word and hung around with others who did the same (I don’t and they don’t), and as such didn’t feel it wrong or racist, it wouldn’t mean it really wasn’t wrong or racist.

    If you don’t think redskins is racist, you need a mirror.

  77. Famous Amos says:
    February 4, 2020 at 7:55 pm
    “I stopped using the term several years ago out of respect for those Native Americans who are offended by the term, no matter the precise number.”

    What if people are offended by the name Washington, the slave owner? Just two blank spaces?
    ====

    False equivalency.

    Look it up.

  78. They spend all day looking for racism. They just changed the name of their lawschool because some dude who was alive in the 1880’s didn’t have the liberal sensitivities of the 21st century.

  79. Soo… where was your soapbox when the “chiefs” were in the super bowl and the nfl was playing their “pump up” music in a “neutral” stadium to get the fans to chant that “way cry” that they stole from the Atlanta braves?

  80. While UCBerkly is the Bernie Sanders of schools the output of the study cannot be ignored. The Washington team name and logo is unbelievably offensive and should have been changed a long time ago.

  81. fohgedaboutit says:
    February 4, 2020 at 8:30 pm
    UC Berkeley is one of the most distinguished schools in the world. Football fans on the other hand…
    —————————————

    Yes, I wish I had a liberal arts degree or a masters in gender studies from UC Berkeley so I can flip burgers for 10 bucks an hour.

  82. “Soo… where was your soapbox when the “chiefs” were in the super bowl and the nfl was playing their “pump up” music in a “neutral” stadium to get the fans to chant that “way cry” that they stole from the Atlanta braves?”

    Actually as a Braves, Chiefs, and FSU fan, I can tell you that the Braves and Chiefs both took it from the Seminoles. The story is Deion brought it to the Braves.

  83. 2franchise are racist towards Native American cultures It’s funny you try to obliterate them off the face of the Earth but run around dressed up as them cowards

  84. skinsdiehard says:
    February 4, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Good points Florio, but I think other professional sports franchises shoukd be included. How can you justify that the Redskins should change but not the Kansas City Chiefs…

    The Chiefs moniker comes from Lamar Hunt’s nickname, “Chief”. It makes no reference to anything else.

  85. Just as concerning and disturbing are the tomahawk chops and the war chants by the crowd at various sports in stadiums.

  86. Eventually everyone can find a study that confirms what they want it to. In reality, the only thing Snyder has done correctly as owner of the Redskins is NOT change the name.

  87. None of this even matters because the Supreme Court made the ruling already. Dan will never change the name no matter what any poll says.

  88. I have the same PhD these turkeys have. Social psychology. I used to work with academics. If they don’t have agendas, they have biases. I’m not saying there isn’t any truth to their “results” as they call them. But you have to examine everything. Every aspect of the methodology down to the wording of the questions and foils. How they conducted the analyses. The test Statistics and associated p values. As a researcher, you can HIDE a lot. The potential for deception is remarkable. And they are not required to submit raw data or the actual survey.

  89. I think it is important for all minorities to be reminded, through the use of such terms, of how we really feel about and treat “others” in the USA.

  90. Once again, ignorant people are triggered by science they can’t understand. Sorry, but there is no evidence that the survey questions showed any bias in how they were constructed.

  91. “Studies” tend to come to the conclusion that those who FUND them want. If you don’t come to the conclusion desired, YOU DON’T GET FUNDING FOR ANOTHER STUDY.

    So the first thing I look for when I hear about a “study” is, “Who paid for it, and who allegedly did the ‘study’?”

    If someone is doing a “study” on this subject, it’s 90% certain what conclusion they want. And if it’s a bastion of PC like Cal, you know exactly what conclusion you’re likely to get, whether any actual research is done.

  92. A few years ago, I made a list of the teams in MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL, along with a reason why every team nickname is offensive to somebody. I wish I could find that list, as I never put it on my computer. A friend who often veers into PC Land read it and said, “My God, you’re right, they ARE all offensive if you go deep enough!”

    That said, I wish the Redskins would change the team name, and I have the feeling that if the PC folks would back the heck off, it could happen in my lifetime. By yammering about it all the time, it just makes Dan Snyder and the Redskins organziation dig their heels in. Look at the Chief Wahoo timeline–once the anti- crowd backed off a little, the Indians finally did the right thing.

    (Don’t get me wrong–I like Chief Wahoo as a character, but it was past the time to retire him)

  93. My vote is Wapiti–one of the native american words for Elk. Alliterative, obviously, and would be an epic logo. Some sort of native american tribute has to be contained in the new name.

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